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Poster: E. D. Ferris Date: May 10, 2010 5:58pm
Forum: texts Subject: How do I upload a .TXT file, really?

Tried to upload a short story according to the instructions on the Upload page, but it didn't work. Got a Details page looping back to itself. Is there a detailed, step-by-step explanation somewhere on how to upload? The "tree structure" doesn't make any sense to me; I just want to upload one file.

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Poster: garthus Date: May 12, 2010 9:00am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: How do I upload a .TXT file, really?

I usually upload a pdf file amd an ODF file which is the original for my document, see:

http://www.archive.org/details/Zoe_A_Story_Of_Honor_Betrayal_And_Redemption_

That way there is a perfect text file for someone to download if they would like. You can also save documents as pdf in Open Office which uses the odf and other formats. or save the document as a staright text file and replace the text file that the archive has generated. However, peter is right; I find virtually perfect ocr from pdf's created right out of Open Office Writer.

Gerry

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: May 12, 2010 8:38pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: How do I upload a .TXT file, really?

OCR works great on a PDF created from a text file, not so good when the PDF is created from a scan which is ONLY a image of a printed out text document

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: May 10, 2010 6:45pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: How do I upload a .TXT file, really?

I think you can only upload PDF files, from which the archive creates its own txt and other files.

http://www.cutepdf.com/products/cutepdf/writer.asp

that link above leads to a free PDF creator, once installed on your system, it shows up as a printer in any application that can print output, such as any word processor.

take your document in the application you used to create it and chose to print it to the cutePDF printer, (you get normal print options such as paper size and layout)and you get asked where to save the printed file, create a uploads folder and save there.

That will save as a PDF file, and that is what you upload, from that file, the Archive itself creates the other file formats.

The IA creating the other file formats takes from minutes to hours, and even your initial IA details page takes time to finalise to the final format. So as its your first time, once the PDF is uploaded, give it time, but with a short text file, with no images or fancy formatting, the process should be pretty quick.

BTW, scanning software usually has its own PDF creator, and I use MS Word with cutePDF writer.

And post a link to your document here, and I wil be your first reader

Peter

This post was modified by Time Traveller on 2010-05-11 01:45:44

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Poster: E. D. Ferris Date: May 10, 2010 7:47pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: How do I upload a .TXT file, really?

Thanks. That would explain it. Too bad! Not that my work is any great loss but apparently there's no avoiding OCR garbage at this website.

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: May 10, 2010 11:05pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: How do I upload a .TXT file, really?

but my writings, and copy and pastes from Wikipedia, turned into PDFs turn out pretty good after the IA OCR, they use a top quality OCR software, not your standard home version.

The IA OCR is so good, it can get good text from a PDF created from a scan image, so it will have no trouble at all, from a PDF created from a word processing document, which is not an image

Once you uploaded the PDF, and the IA turns it into a TxT file, I suspect you can then get in and correct the TxT file, however the other formats will still stay as is.

If you really want it your way, try this untested by me work around, set up the page using the PDF, then once set up, you got the edit options, go in using File Manager, delete all the files apart from the meta data files, and put in your txt only file.

Peter

This post was modified by Time Traveller on 2010-05-11 06:05:45